Legalizing the Illogical


Does anyone else wonder how  our federal  government appears to be working overtime trying to stop the use of tobacco while our state governments are legalizing the use of marijuana? More smoke and mirrors….. smoke and mirrors…………smoke and……. smo…….  what was I talking about?  does anyone feel hungry

I don’t really care if they legalize marijuana as it appears that it is readily available now,  but  I was a middle school teacher for a long time and making anything more available to teenagers, as this law will,  that teenagers  can use to deny reality and  potentially ruin their future is something I can’t condone.

I also believe that many people who vote for the legalization of this drug  have no idea of what modern marijuana has become and will become with further genetic engineering.   Perhaps an example would help. Modern high quality  marijuana is about 6 times more powerful  than it was in 60’s when its  use was  popularized.   Think of that in terms of sitting down and drinking 6 beers in an hour instead of  one or perhaps sharing  6 bottles of wine over an evening instead of “sharing” one,  and the dangers become clear.

Because I have ceased to expect logic from our government I won’t even go into  the logical inconsistencies found between enforcement and attitude towards the two drugs. I do believe that something has to be done about drug crime and imprisonment of users (sellers can rot in Hell with the bedbugs they mimic)  but pure legalization is simply a winding  primrose path that has been tried some places  in Europe and is now being pulled back on that continent  as the net results become evident.

My only prediction is that it will be a “tourist” boom for Colorado and Washington but I doubt if the tourists are going to be exactly what the tourist industry needed or those states wanted.  TV advertising which would appear to be legal as only tobacco and alcohol  ads are banned  will also give the states a welcome economic jolt now that the election ads have gone away.

Will every border town in Washington and Colorado  have a dispensary, sort of like  those found for fireworks on many state lines? In Colorado  perhaps both could be sold from same store front as  cigarette loads and getting loaded are both now legal.

To Colorado and Washington residents  as they say in Las Vegas with a smile on their face and your money in their pocket, “Luck to the players.”

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About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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